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What Not to Do After Botox®

In 2002, the FDA approved the world’s first neuromodulator for aesthetic uses. Since then, millions of people have enjoyed a more youthful appearance with Botox®. This wrinkle-smoothing treatment has few, if any, side effects, but your Manhattan Aesthetics injector will recommend some post-treatment strategies. 

What is Botox® (Botulinum Toxin)? 

Botox® is a neuromodulator that uses a molecule called botulinum toxin to soften and smooth lines and wrinkles. This popular treatment restores a younger, more relaxed appearance. It has numerous uses, including lines between the brows, horizontal forehead lines, and crow’s feet. It also works for deep lines around the mouth and to treat neck bands. 

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*individual results may vary.

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® uses botulinum toxin to interrupt the signals between facial nerves and muscles. The repetitive motion of facial muscles can crease and pull on the skin. The botulinum toxin in Botox® works by stopping the signals from targeted nerves. Without signals to contract, your muscles can relax, making the skin smooth.

What Not to Do After Botox®

Botox® is extremely safe and effective, but you should take a few precautions immediately after treatment. In rare circumstances, Botox® can spread to unwanted areas. You can minimize this possibility by following these tips:

Avoid Lying Down

We will recommend that you avoid lying down for several hours after Botox®. Staying upright helps keep it where it belongs until it has reached its destination. Since most people have Botox® during the day, this is not usually much of an inconvenience. 

Hold Off on Exercise

We recommend you put your exercise routine on hold for the rest of the day following Botox®. You can walk or engage in other light activities. However, avoid intense exercise until the next day. This will keep your Botox® from budging. 

No Rubbing Your Face

Avoid rubbing your face or using tools like facial rollers for several hours after treatment. Botox® needs time to travel to the nerves and bind with them. Rubbing your face could move it around and cause it to affect other areas. 


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What Results Will I See After Botox®?

Botox® will reach its targeted destination within four to twelve hours after treatment, and it will not move after this time. You will see results within a few days, with full results taking up to ten days to appear. Most Botox® results last three to four months, although some people may see results for up to six months. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Botox® works safely and effectively for most people. Good candidates for Botox® want to address expression lines and wrinkles. You should not have Botox® while pregnant or if you have certain neuromuscular problems. 


*Individual results may vary.


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*Individual results may vary.